German veteran journalist and publicist Dirk Maxeiner at his website is a bit shocked by the over-the-top, misdirected investigations recently conducted against sceptic bloggers and free speech in general. In his short piece:
This is the kind of thing you’d expect to see against Chinese dissidents. […] The British police and the American Department of Justice are conducting a coordinated action against climate bloggers. Supposedly it is an effort to find the source of the “Cimategate” e-mails. In Great Britain the first blogger has been interrogated and his computers have been confiscated. Canadian and American bloggers have been informed that their e-mails have been searched. It is obvious that critical thinkers are now to be criminalized.
We can only hope all this backfires. Many people we now beginning to show more interest in the contents of the Climategate e-mails. Also for those e-mails that have yet to be posted in the internet. It’s possible that some real juicy ones are on the way. Perhaps this is making a few people very nervous.”
Boy – talk about officials being desperate and looking frustrated! No wonder that the IPCC wants to be above the Freedom of Information Act (i.e. be above the law).
This action sounds very much like what they did with Galileo – talk about the dark, spooky ages coming back.
Welcome to the next chapter of the Climategate saga. Obviously for anyone concerned about freedom of speech and open debate, now is the time not to be intimidated. Instead it is now the time to cover every single detail of this development and make sure our friends in the Senate and Congress become aware of this threat. If they think they can just get away with this kind of behaviour, then someone is making one serious misjudgement.
Hey, but who knows? Maybe us bloggers and all the sceptics out there will all be holding the next climate conference somewhere out in Siberia at some reopened gulag or something: 6th International Climate Conference – Siberia, Russia – June 2012 to June 2037.
Whatever happens, look to read more about this in the future. Pandora’s box has been opened.
Dirk Maxeiner is the author of the climate-catastrophe sceptical book: Hurrah, wir retten die Welt (Hooray we’re rescuing the world!). Every German ought to read this book.